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The Color of Idiocy

There has been a growing, unofficial movement in this country over the last ten years to create “girl-friendly” editions of items that should, by rights, be considered genderless (but usually aren’t). This includes basic hand tools with pink or floral handles (you’ve seen them at Ace and True Value, I know you have), pink cordless drills and screwdrivers, hot pink duct tape, pink gardening tools, pink softballs, and most recently a surge of all things for the kitchen in pink, with some of the proceeds going to breast cancer prevention/education/cure groups. Okay, those are fine, I even like some of them.

But this is just plain stupid.

In today’s paper, on page four of the full-color insert for Joe’s sporting goods (previously G.I. Joe’s), we see not one but TWO pink guns.

Yep. Let that sink in a bit.

Pink guns.

One is a BB gun and the other is a “youth” .22 rifle.

The stocks of both are pink. Really pink.

Aside from the fact that I’m not entirely sure that a “youth” needs a .22 rifle (remember, I’m not anti-gun, just anti-stupid), the whole concept of a pink gun is just, well, I’m not sure I can even find the words to express what’s wrong with this. The tag line for the .22 says, “Bolt action, single shot, and it even comes in pink for your little Annie Oakley.”

Annie Oakley would NOT have used this gun, I’m quite sure. What’s next, pink AK-47’s? Pink Saturday Night Specials? I know, pink hand grenades. Granted, those are mostly metal so you’d have to treat the metal with something to turn it pinkish, but you get my point.

Although, if you collect guns, I’d suggest buying these. Like the witchy Barbies of a few years back, they’ll disappear off the shelves faster than you can say “gender equality” and you won’t see them again any time soon.


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